It was a tearful moment, albeit a joy-filled one, as students, both past and present, along with faculty members and friends turned out in large numbers to say goodbye to a friend.After more than 40 years in education, Dr. Marsha Barber, Founder and Administrator of Trinity Christian Academy (TCA), decided it was time to officially retire.“I commend you for your faithfulness and diligence that has truly made a difference,” Daniel Egeler, President of the Association of Christian Schools International, said in a letter. “I am convinced your investment in each person’s life will bear fruit that will last and that your willingness to serve like a Christ-like role model and leader is to be commended.”The letter was read aloud by new TCA administrator Mike Skaggs. In it Egeler commented that it was his desire that as she looks forward to this new season in her life that it be filled with hope. Then, he thanked her for her many years of faithful service in Christian education.TCA was founded in 1993 and Kara Chavis, former student and a member of the first graduating class at TCA, thanked Barber for what she meant to her personally.“How do say thank you to the person who has been instrumental in the place you call home?” she asked. “As a TCA grad, I’m humbled by all of the ways TCA blessed me and my family.”Jon Sherman, Pastor of Trinity Bible Church adjacent to the school for the last 14 years, hugged Barber and said, “Look at what God has done...He has been good to us.”As the evening came to a close, School Board President Mike Sapp commended Barber.“You possess many qualities Marsha , many admirable attributes, but it’s your love for God, passion for Christ and your desire to instill those values in others that gives you eternal significance and I appreciate that about you,” Sapp said.Barber was also honored with a proclamation from Willow Park Mayor Richard Neverdousky, declaring it Dr. Marsha Barber day in the city.Barber decided six years ago that it was time to start easing into retirement and has been doing so since. For some time she has been serving as the Director of Development but now in retirement plans to consult for new Christian schools.